Injury Expectations | Midweek Update | Week 14 - Footballguys

A review of the early week practice participation reports

WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Adam Schefter reported Melvin Gordon III could return soon. However, Gordon told reporters he remained sore and Anthony Lynn said Gordon would have to participate in team drills before returning. It's likely that next Thursday night's game in Kansas City will be Gordon's target. A limited practice by week's end would be reassuring.

***Both Julio Jones and Michael Thomas and T.Y. Hilton missed practice today. Neither are expected to miss this week's game but check Thursday's practice report for another DNP to be certain there are no concerns.

***This week's quarterback list is the longest of the season. Joe Flacco isn't likely to play this week but every other quarterback is either getting planned days off or working back to play this week after a multiple-week injury. Sam Darnold and Mitchell Trubisky are both expected back.

***Watch Joe Mixon's practice participation on Thursday. There did not appear to be any concern after last week's game about a foot injury. It's possible this injury occurred during practice. If Mixon isn't practicing on Thursday, there's concern for his availability this week.

***Kerryon Johnson has yet to return to practice. The Lions continue to express optimism Johnson can return this season but he's again looking doubtful this week.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

Here are the key players listed on the practice participation or game status report for Thursday Night Football:

Jacksonville at Tennessee

***There was some concern about Jalen Ramsey's availability on a short week but he returned to a full practice on Wednesday and is not listed on the game status report.

***The Titans have a number of players missing practice with minor injuries but all returned to practice by week's end and will play.


EARly week PRACTICE PARTICIPATION & EARLY EXPECTATIONS

The Wednesday and Thursday practice participation reports are our first chance to see which players each NFL team are limiting in practice after the previous week's games. Players limited in mid-week practice aren't necessarily in danger of missing that week's game. But they all need to be watched closely.

*Note: Monday night players with asterisk practice Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

Quarterbacks
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Deshaun Watson Hou Shoulder Limited Full Expected to Play
Tom Brady NE Knee Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Aaron Rodgers GB Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Limited Expected to Play
Mitchell Trubisky Chi Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Matthew Stafford Det Back Limited Limited Expected to Play
Ryan Tannehill Mia Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Sam Darnold NYJ Foot Full Full Expected to Play
Josh McCown NYJ Back Limited Limited Backup if Active
Joe Flacco Bal Hip Limited Limited Likely Inactive
Colt McCoy Was Fibula DNP DNP Inactive
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Melvin Gordon III LAC Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Austin Ekeler LAC Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
James Conner Pit Ankle DNP DNP Inactive
Joe Mixon Cin Foot Limited Limited Likely to Play
Adrian Peterson Was Shoulder DNP Limited Expected to Play
Kapri Bibbs Was Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
*Chris Carson Sea Finger *Limited Likely to Play
Matt Breida SF Ankle DNP DNP Inactive
Kerryon Johnson Det Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Josh Adams Phi Shoulder Limited Full Expected to Play
Kenyan Drake Mia Shoulder Limited Limited Likely to Play
Isaiah Crowell NYJ Toe DNP DNP Game-time Decision
Trenton Cannon NYJ Hamstring Full Full Expected to Play
Doug Martin Oak Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Malcolm Brown LAR Shoulder DNP Inactive
D'Onta Foreman Hou Achilles Full Full Awaiting Information
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Michael Thomas NO Ankle DNP Full Expected to Play
*Stefon Diggs Min Knee *Limited Likely to Play
DeAndre Hopkins Hou Foot Limited Limited Expected to Play
Keke Coutee Hou Hamstring Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Julio Jones Atl Foot DNP DNP Expected to Play
Calvin Ridley Atl Elbow / Hand Limited Limited Expected to Play
A.J. Green Cin Toe DNP IR IR IR Injured Reserve
T.Y. Hilton Ind Shoulder DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Dontrelle Inman Ind Shoulder DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Chester Rogers Ind Groin Limited Limited Awaiting Information
*Doug Baldwin Sea Hip *DNP Awaiting Information
Kenny Golladay Det Quadricep Limited Limited Likely to Play
Bruce Ellington Det Back Limited Limited Likely to Play
Emmanuel Sanders Den Achilles Limited IR IR IR Injured Reserve
Courtland Sutton Den Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins KC Foot Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Randall Cobb GB Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Equanimeous St. Brown GB Elbow Full Full Expected to Play
DeSean Jackson TB Thumb DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Sterling Shepard NYG Rib Limited Full Expected to Play
Quincy Enunwa NYJ Ankle Limited Full Expected to Play
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle Full Limited Expected to Play
Andre Roberts NYJ Foot Full Full Expected to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Shoulder Limited Limited Expected to Play
Danny Amendola Mia Knee Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Cole Beasley Dal Foot Limited Full Expected to Play
Tavon Austin Dal Groin DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Pierre Garcon SF Knee Limited DNP Likely Inactive
Jamison Crowder Was Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Jordy Nelson Oak Foot Full Full Expected to Play
Seth Roberts Oak Concussion Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
Torrey Smith Car Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Ryan Switzer Pit Concussion Full Full Likely to Play
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Eric Ebron Ind Back / Illness DNP DNP Expected to Play
Erik Swoope Ind Knee Limited DNP Awaiting Information
Mo Alie-Cox Ind Calf DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Rob Gronkowski NE Ankle / Back Limited Not Listed Expected to Play
Evan Engram NYG Hamstring Limited Full Likely to Play
David Njoku Cle Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Jimmy Graham GB Knee / Thumb DNP Limited Expected to Play
Demetrius Harris KC Knee / Illness Full DNP Expected to Play
Geoff Swaim Dal Wrist DNP DNP Inactive
Michael Roberts Det Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Tyron Smith Dal Neck Limited Limited Expected to Play
Jason Peters Phi Ankle DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Bryan Bulaga GB Knee / Illness DNP DNP Awaiting Information
David Bakhtiari GB Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Terron Armstead NO Pectoral Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Ryan Ramczyk NO Shoulder Limited Limited Likely to Play
Marcus Gilbert Pit Knee DNP DNP Inactive
Trent Williams Was Thumb / Wrist Limited Limited Expected to Play
Morgan Moses Was Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Cordy Glenn Cin Back DNP DNP Likely Inactive
*Duane Brown Sea Ankle *DNP Awaiting Information
Laremy Tunsil Mia Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Ja'Wuan James Mia Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Demar Dotson TB Hamstring Limited Limited Likely to Play
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Korey Cunningham Ari Hip Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
Kendall Lamm Hou Concussion Full Full Expected to Play
James Hurst Bal Back Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Austin Corbett Cle Foot DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Zack Martin Dal Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Trai Turner Car Neck DNP Full Expected to Play
Amini Silatolu Car Concussion Limited DNP Likely Inactive
Gabe Jackson Oak Ankle / Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Kelechi Osemele Oak Toe Limited Limited Expected to Play
Byron Bell GB Knee DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Lane Taylor GB Foot Limited Limtied Likely to Play
*Mike Remmers Min Back *Full Expected to Play
*D.J. Fluker Sea Hamstring *DNP Likely Inactive
Zach Fulton Hou Hand DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Senio Kelemete Hou Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Alex Lewis Bal Shoulder DNP DNP Likely Inactive
John Miller Buf Oblique Limited Full Likely to Play
Ted Larsen Mia Neck Full Full Expected to Play
Tony Bergstrom Was Knee / Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Luke Bowanko Was Wrist Full Full Expected to Play
Centers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Ryan Kelly Ind Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Mike Pouncey LAC Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Rodney Hudson Oak Ankle / Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Chase Roullier Was Knee DNP Limited Game-time Decision
Weston Richburg SF Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Spencer Long NYJ Knee / Finger / Illness DNP Full Expected to Play
J.C. Tretter Cle Ankle DNP Limited Likely to Play
Travis Swanson Mia Ankle Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Jake Brendel Mia Calf Limited DNP Likely Inactive
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
J.J. Watt Hou Knee Limited Limited Expected to Play
Jason Pierre-Paul TB Knee DNP DNP Expected to Play
Carlos Dunlap Cin Hip Limited Full Expected to Play
Clay Matthews GB Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Ezekiel Ansah Det Neck Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Markus Golden Ari Knee Limited Limited Likely to Play
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Grady Jarrett Atl Shoulder DNP Limited Likely to Play
Gerald McCoy TB Ankle / Shoulder Limited Limited Likely to Play
David Irving Dal Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Maurice Hurst Oak Ankle Limited Limited Likely to Play
Robert Nkemdiche Ari Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Larry Ogunjobi Cle Biceps DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Margus Hunt Ind Knee DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Matt Ioannidis Was Shin DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Derek Wolfe Den Ribs DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Deion Jones Atl Foot Limited Full Expected to Play
Foyesade Oluokun Atl Knee Limited Full Expected to Play
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Jordan Hicks Phi Calf DNP DNP Inactive
*Eric Kendricks Min Rib *Not Listed Awaiting Information
Anthony Hitchens KC Quadricep / Rib Full Full Expected to Play
Joe Schobert Cle Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Zach Brown Was Illness Not Listed DNP Expected to Play
*K.J. Wright Sea Knee *DNP Likely Inactive
Jamie Collins Sr Cle Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Malcolm Smith SF Achilles Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Vontaze Burfict Cin Concussion DNP DNP Inactive
Zach Cunningham Hou Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Brandon Marshall Den Knee Limited Limited Game-time Decision
Josey Jewell Den Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Deone Bucannon Ari Chest DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Devon Kennard Det Hip DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Landon Collins NYG Shoulder DNP IR IR IR Injured Reserve
Eric Berry KC Heel Limited Limited Limited if Active
Budda Baker Ari Knee DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Reshad Jones Mia Shoulder Full Full Expected to Play
Clayton Geathers Ind Knee DNP Full Expected to Play
Malik Hooker Ind Hip Limited Limited Likely to Play
Mike Mitchell Ind Calf DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Patrick Chung NE Shoulder Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Jaquiski Tartt SF Shoulder DNP DNP Inactive
Mike Adams Car Wrist DNP Full Expected to Play
Morgan Burnett Pit Back Full Full Likely to Play
Tony Jefferson Bal Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Anthony Levine Sr Bal Ankle DNP Limited Awaiting Information
Justin Evans TB Toe DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Kentrell Brice GB Ankle / Concussion Limited Limited Awaiting Information
Darius Slay Det Ankle Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
Denzel Ward Cle Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
*Xavier Rhodes Min Hamstring *Full Likely to Play
*Trae Waynes Min Concussion *DNP Awaiting Information
Chris Harris Jr Den Fibula DNP DNP Inactive
Tramaine Brock Den Ribs DNP DNP Awaiting Information
Marcus Peters LAR Ankle Full Expected to Play
Xavien Howard Mia Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Bobby McCain Mia Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Kevin King GB Hamstring DNP IR IR IR Injured Reserve
Chidobe Awuzie Dal Illness DNP Full Expected to Play
Josh Norman Was Hamstring Limited Full Expected to Play
Nate Hairston Ind Ankle Not Listed Limited Awaiting Information
Johnathan Joseph Hou Neck / Shoulder Limited Limited Likely to Play
Aaron Colvin Hou Ankle Full Full Expected to Play
Kareem Jackson Hou Groin Limited Limited Likely to Play
Jalen Mills Phi Foot DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Avonte Maddox Phi Ankle / Knee DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Morris Claiborne NYJ Shoulder / Neck Full Full Expected to Play
Brent Grimes TB Knee Full Full Expected to Play
Carlton Davis TB Knee DNP Limited Awaiting Information
M.J. Stewart TB Foot Full Full Expected to Play
Isaiah Johnson TB Concussion DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Ankle DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Marlon Humphrey Bal Groin DNP DNP Likely Inactive
Kickers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday Friday
Graham Gano Car Knee Full Limited Expected to Play

Note: Asterisk denotes Monday night players who practice Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

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